Architectures for optically interconnected multicomputers

Roger D. Chamberlain, Robert R. Krchnavek

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Optical technology has made significant contributions to the state-of-the-art for long distance communications, including high reliability, low interference, security benefits, and (most important) very high bandwidth. However, the technology has yet to be successfully exploited in the domain of tightly-coupled multicomputer systems. Previous efforts in this area have concentrated on replacing existing electrical communications links with an optical counterpart. We propose to redesign the multicomputer architecture from the group up. To successfully exploit the benefits of optical technology in a tightly-coupled system, the architectural design must reflect both the advantages of optics and the limitations of optics. This paper describes a class of such architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780309170
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference. Part 2 (of 4) - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: Nov 29 1993Dec 2 1993

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


ConferenceProceedings of the IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference. Part 2 (of 4)
CityHouston, TX, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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